Blount County Student Studying Agriculture Earns College Scholarship
Auburn University student Bailey Morton of Blount County received a $1,750 scholarship from the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation and Blount County Farmers Federation. He was recognized at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Scholarship Reception at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena in Auburn Sept. 20. Morton, who is from Altoona, is a senior studying wildlife ecology and management. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell and Morton.
Abel Competes In Annual State Heritage Cooking Contest
Brandy Abel of Blount County entered her recipe for Sweet and Spicy Meatballs in the 2018 Heritage Cooking Contest. The annual contest is sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation Women's Leadership Division and highlights a specific commodity. For 2018, pork was the highlighted commodity.
Sweet and Spicy Meatballs
1 lb. bacon
36 frozen meatballs
1 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp. chili powder
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix brown sugar and chili powder in a bowl. Cut 1 lb. of bacon strips in half. Wrap strip of bacon around meatball, secure with a toothpick. Roll meatballs in sugar mixture and place on a greased broiler pan. Bake to 45 minutes. Enjoy!
Miller Graduates From A.L.F.A. Leaders Program
Lance Miller of Boaz in Blount County graduated from the two-year Agricultural Leaders For Alabama (A.L.F.A. Leaders) program in Montgomery Aug. 2. The 17-member A.L.F.A. Leaders Class IV was recognized at the 46th Commodity Producers Conference hosted by the Alabama Farmers Federation, which sponsors the program. Members attended six institutes from Montgomery to Washington, D.C., to Spain during A.L.F.A. Leaders, which stressed personal development, communication, political involvement and an in-depth understanding of the Federation. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell and Miller, who is a poultry and row crop farmer.
Blount County Farmers Elected To Serve On State Commodity Commitees
Blount County’s Kirk Smith was elected first vice chair of the Alabama Farmers Federation State Meat Goat & Sheep Committee at the 2018 Commodity Organizational Meeting in Montgomery Feb. 7. From left are Federation Meat Goat & Sheep Division Director Nate Jaeger and Smith, who is starting his second year of a three-year term on the committee.
Blount County’s Tim Whitley was elected to the Alabama Farmers Federation State Beef Committee at the 2018 Commodity Organizational Meeting in Montgomery Feb. 6. From left are Federation Beef Division Director Nate Jaeger and Whitley, who also serves as the committee's 2nd vice chairman.